Luke Donald: 'Europe can end Masters hoodoo'

Luke Donald plays a shot during the Northern Trust Open on February 14, 2013
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Luke Donald says that Europe can mount a serious challenge for the first major of 2013.

World number four Luke Donald has no doubts that Europe can end their drought at the Masters this week.

The last European to win in Augusta was Jose Maria Olazabal back in 1999 with many from these shores failing in their bid for victory since.

However, Donald is certain that there is enough talent from the continent to end that hoodoo this year.

"Does it surprise me? Nothing surprises me in golf anymore," Donald told BBC Sport when asked about the barren run. "I think since I've been a professional, I feel like the fields have gotten a lot stronger, a lot deeper. Anyone on a given week has a chance to win.

"This game is a very mental game and it's almost who are the least fragile players that week that have a chance.

"Everyone has the talent and the ability to win and there's a bunch of great and good European players right now - Justin [Rose] and Poults [Ian Poulter] and Rory [McIlroy] and Graeme [McDowell], and the list goes on and on. But we certainly have as good a chance this year as any other."

Fellow European Rory McIlroy recently admitted that anything less than a win in Augusta would be a disappointment.

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